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Foods That Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

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Uploaded on Jul 25, 2011

Foods That Prevent Urinary Tract Infections - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats.

If you are someone that gets urinary tract infections frequently, there are four things that are really important to consider. First is water, and I cannot stress that enough. Becoming dehydrated really sets you up for an infection. Part of what the urinary tract system does is it flushes toxins out of your body. And if you do not have enough water and fluid in there to do that, it is just not going to happen. Bacteria can build up. So, think about being hydrated, and think about water, not just, you know, coffee, teas, sodas, things like that. It really needs to be water.

The other thing that is really important to consider is cranberry. We have all heard about this, that cranberry juice helps reduce the episodes of infections. But, it is really important that you look for 100 percent pure unsweetened cranberry juice. These cranberry juice cocktails do not cut it. They usually only have about 30 percent cranberry and they are full of sugars and high fructose corn syrup, which is not going to benefit you. Now, the taste of 100 percent cranberry juice can be very tart. So, if you do not like that, you cannot drink that, another option is cranberry capsules which you can find at any reputable health-food store.

Then the third one is probiotics. Now, probiotics, those are the friendly bacteria that are like the soldiers for your body. They fight off bacteria, they fight off infection, but there is one particular strain that is very useful for urinary tract infections. It is called Lreuteri. That is Lreuteri. And again, you can find this at any reputable health-food store.

And then, the last thing is something that probably you have not heard about, celery and parsley juice. These juices work as a diuretic. So, it flushes those bacteria and things out of the bladder. And also, it works to help relieve the symptoms of urgency to urinate that are very characteristic with urinary tract infections. Now, celery and parsley juice can be found at a health-food store, or if you have a juicer you can easily make your own.

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